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Almost Alice is a concept album of various artists' music inspired by Tim Burton's film, Alice in Wonderland.[1][2][3] The album is also notable for featuring songs that were inspired from quotes directly from Lewis Carroll's original novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. For example, both The Lobster Quadrille (by Franz Ferdinand) and You Are Old, Father William (by They Might Be Giants) are both word-for-word performances of poems from the original Alice as quoted by The Mock-Turtle (the former) and Alice herself to the Caterpillar (the latter). Furthermore, Very Good Advice by Robert Smith is a cover of Kathryn Beaumont's Very Good Advice from Disney's 1951 animated adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.

The album was released by Buena Vista Records on March 2, 2010.[1] It debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 US albums chart. On June 1, 2010, iTunes released a deluxe edition of the album.[4] The lead single, Alice by Avril Lavigne is played during the end credits of Alice in Wonderland and is the only song of the album featured in the film.[1] It premiered on January 27, 2010, on the radio program On Air with Ryan Seacrest.[5] The second single was the song Tea Party by Kerli. A special edition of the album with three extra songs is exclusive to Hot Topic,[6] though it is also sold online on the Mexican Mixup Music Store site.[7] On June 1, 2010, the special edition was released on iTunes.

ReceptionEdit

William Ruhlmann of Allmusic focused part of his review on Lavigne's track, Alice, describing it as "a typical piece of self-assertive adolescent pop/rock", noting that it was "ideally suited for heavy rotation on Radio Disney". Singling out White Rabbit and Very Good Advice as the album "oddities", Ruhlmann otherwise decided the album was more appealing for children, with nearly all of the songs being "schoolyard chants".[8]

Track ListingEdit

# Title Artist Length
1. Alice Avril Lavigne 3:35
2. The Poison The All-American Rejects 3:53
3. The Technicolor Phase Owl City 4:27
4. Her Name Is Alice Shinedown 3:38
5. Painting Flowers All Time Low 3:25
6. Where's My Angel Metro Station 3:39
7. Strange (feat. Kerli) Tokio Hotel 3:51
8. Follow Me Down (feat. Neon Hitch) 3OH!3 3:23
9. Very Good Advice Robert Smith 2:58
10. In Transit (feat. Pete Wentz) Mark Hoppus 4:02
11. Welcome to Mystery Plain White T's 4:28
12. Tea Party Kerli 3:29
13. The Lobster Quadrille Franz Ferdinand 2:08
14. Always Running Out of Time Motion City Soundtrack 3:00
15. Fell Down a Hole Wolfmother 5:04
16. White Rabbit Grace Potter and the Nocturnals 3:21
Hot Topic bonus tracks
# Title Artist Length
17. Seawhatweseas Never Shout Never 3:10
18. Topsy Turvy Family Force 5 3:25
19. Extreme Valora 3:47
iTunes bonus tracks
# Title Artist Length
17. You Are Old, Father William They Might Be Giants 2:32
18. Alice's Theme Danny Elfman 5:08
iTunes bonus tracks
# Title Artist Length
17. You Are Old, Father William They Might Be Giants 2:32
18. Alice's Theme Danny Elfman 5:08
19. Seawhatweseas Never Shout Never 3:10
20. Topsy Turvy Family Force 5 3:25
21. Extreme Valora 3:47
22. Tea Party (Jason Nevins Radio Remix) Kerli 3:11
23. Tea Party (music video) Kerli 3:28

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Buena Vista Records Presents Almost Alice Featuring Other Voices from Wonderland. January 12, 2010. Enhanced Online News. Retrieved on January 26, 2010.
  2. Avril Lavigne Song To Appear On Tim Burton's 'Alice In Wonderland' Soundtrack. Kaufman, Gil. January 11, 2010. MTV. MTV Movies. Retrieved on January 11, 2010.
  3. Tokio Hotel And Kerli Will Collaborate On Tim Burton's 'Alice In Wonderland' Soundtrack. January 12, 2010. MTV Buzzworthy Blog. Retrieved on January 12, 2010.
  4. iTunes – Music – Almost Alice (Deluxe Version) by Various Artists. June 1, 2010. Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved on January 13, 2012.
  5. [ Interview with Avril Lavigne]. January 26, 2010. On Air with Ryan Seacrest. KIIS. Retrieved on January 26, 2010.
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  7. Mixup Music Store. November 25, 2009. Mixup.com.mx. Retrieved on January 13, 2012.
  8. [[[:Template:Allmusic]] Almost Alice Review]. Allmusic. Retrieved on February 15, 2010.